OBGYN Glossary

The following are a list of terms that may be used during the course of your OB/GYN care.

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Genital Herpes
Genital herpes is a virally transmitted STD caused by the herpes simplex virus. It results in sores on or around the sexual organs of the male and female. These sores are painful and highly infectious.

Genital Warts
This is an STD caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). In women, it can result in cervical cancer.

Genitals
These refer to the external sex organs in men and women.

Gestation
This is the 40 week period between conception and birth; the length of pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes
A form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy in women, it usually results from the effects of hormones released during pregnancy. It can cause the baby to grow too much, resulting in a difficult delivery. After delivery, gestational diabetes usually does not result in any postpartum diabetes symptoms or effects.

Glans
The glans (also called glans penis) is the head of the male sex organ.

Glucose
The body’s main fuel, glucose is a type of sugar that is present in the blood.

Glucose Challenge Test (GCT)
This is a screening test for gestational diabetes.

Glucose-Tolerance Test
See Glucose Challenge Test (GCT)

Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea is an STD that is associated with “burning sensations.” It may actually produce no symptoms in women (and as a result is hard to detect without specific testing). In women it can lead to arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease and even infertility.

Group B Streptococcus
Group B Streptococcus is a commonly found in the vagina and/or rectum. Common bacteria, it is not an STD. Women are tested for this in the final month of pregnancy. If the test is positive, it is necessary to receive antibiotics for it while in labor to prevent the baby from getting sick.

Grading
Grading, in this instance, refers to “grading” cancer cells to determine the growth rate of a tumor. They are graded on their resemblance to normal cells.

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